Guess who hasn’t been in the mood to blog (or do anything, for that matter, but watch movies, maybe get an online business degree, and eat her weight in chocolate mallows and pasta)?
My database has been restored and I have learned my lesson— backup religiously! I now have my WP Backup plugin scheduled to do daily backups once a day. Overkill but after wasting $150 and having my blog go down for more than a week, I can afford to be paranoid.
I’m also back from Team Internet’s annual Zambales beach trip. We spent it this year at Crystal Beach (my first time there). I loved the place and my only complaint (which is kind of a big deal) is that their running water smells like rust/sulfur/rotten egg.
I don’t really have much to say right now so here’s a few photos from my trip! I took 500+ photos (not a lot, compared to my previous trips) and I’ve not been in the proper mood to sort and edit them all. Here are some that I have, and some that I swiped from my friends (and have been already posted elsewhere on the internet).
I lost this entry when my database was restored so I’ll just dump a bunch of photos here :D
I am hitting the beach this weekend and to say that I am excited is an understatement. I can’t wait to prance around the sand in my bikini, getting drunk on rum, and play in the sun!
I’ve never been one to shy away from the sun so long as I’m properly slathered with sunblock. Unfortunately, I don’t tan well: the golden brown only lasts a day before it fades to a dull, unflattering shade of ick. Not gonna lie— this has me extra worried this summer because I don’t know how this will fare with my current hair color!
So I’m thanking my lucky stars that Beach Hut kindly sent me some goodies. I literally gasped when I opened the box and saw the bottle of Beach Hut Max SPF 100!
First— a big thank you to Jam and Kisty for helping me out with my lens problem. My head was spinning yesterday and I was terribly disheartened when I learned that no one in the Philippines is equipped to repair Canon lenses (the Canon service center and the camera shops in Hidalgo actually send lenses in need of fixing to Singapore!). I had resigned myself to buying a brand new 50mm f1.8 lens (4,100 PHP; it’s a cheap lens but it’s an unexpected expense) when I remembered Kisty’s and Jam’s comments. I sent Mr Lens Rescuer a text message and an email yesterday, got a quote (cheap!), got assurance that the lens can be fixed as long as there are no missing parts, and got his address. Now I just have to make my way to his place before I head to the beach next weekend!
Second— friends and my boyfriend will be happy to know that the honeymoon phase with my phone is over and I am no longer obsessed with games! Macarena.fla! BUT, I still spend a sizable amount of time on my phone, mostly to read eBooks.
Anyway, I thought I’d post/share my favorite and most used apps.
Instagram — a social network of sorts for photos. At first, I was kinda annoyed that it didn’t have a web version but I don’t mind it now.
CashTrails — a way to keep track of my expenses. I have not been doing a good job of logging my daily expenses because it’s so heartbreaking! Will get back to that next payday.
Nutrition Menu — calorie counter, both for food and exercises. I love that you don’t need a wifi connection to search for food in their database. You can also set a limit for your daily caloric needs and a ratio for the nutrients you get. I’m bad, though: last night, I pigged out on Easter chocolate. Guess who didn’t log her calories? =p
GoodReader — The Cristal of all iPhone/pod/pad apps! I LOVE THIS. It’s not compatible with ePub files (I heard Stanza is) so I have to convert them to PDF. I have so many books lined up!
Pink Pad — Tracks my dot and my fertile days (not that I need the latter. Sadtrombone.wav)
Cook This Not That! — I have no use for the Not That! panel but I like having a quick mini-cookbook for low-calorie alternatives at my fingertips.
Full Fitness — Tons of workouts.
Tiny Violin — I get a kick out of asking my friends “Are you sad?” and playing the violin, regardless of their answer.
iKnow Cats — When I’m bored and not in the mood to read, I look at and read about different breeds of my favorite animal.
Sad day! One of the things I have dreaded the most has happened: my 50mm lens (just the cheapy f1.8 kind) fell apart on me.
I still have my kit lens so my camera is not completely handicapped but I am going to miss the pretty bokeh.
I honestly don’t know what happened. I adore my camera and while I may sometimes be a little rough with it, I don’t recall ever dropping it. Boyfriend says that constantly removing the lens and putting it back on weakens the bayonet or something. I am hoping I can have it repaired because I would hate to buy a replacement lens. Especially since I have my eye on purchasing either an electric oven (costs around the same as a 50mm f1.8 lens) or a small sewing machine. Maybe a king size platform bed, too (lol).
Does anyone know where I can have the lens repaired, besides Hidalgo?
When I got an invite to attend Myra’s launch of Iza Calzado as their latest endorser at Thaipan in Tomas Morato, I was honestly surprised. I always had it in my mind that Iza had already been working with them. I guess that just goes to show what a perfect fit Myra and Iza are!